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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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This pair of true- and false-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer </a> (MODIS) images from January 13, 2003, features the Mesopotamian Fertile Crescent in southern Iraq and Iran. The Fertile Crescent lies between the Euphrates and the Tigris Rivers. At the top of The Persian Gulf (bottom right), where Kuwait (west of the Gulf), Iraq, and Iran meet, the two rivers join before...
Topics: Where -- Iraq, Where -- Iran, Where -- Persian Gulf, Where -- Kuwait
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4986
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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This pair of true- and false-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer </a> (MODIS) images from January 13, 2003, features the Mesopotamian Fertile Crescent in southern Iraq and Iran. The Fertile Crescent lies between the Euphrates and the Tigris Rivers. At the top of The Persian Gulf (bottom right), where Kuwait (west of the Gulf), Iraq, and Iran meet, the two rivers join before...
Topics: Where -- Iraq, Where -- Iran, Where -- Persian Gulf, Where -- Kuwait
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4987
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The islands of Japan are shown clearly off the coast of North and South Korea, China, and Russia in this true-color image. Running down through the islands are a string of mountains that make up part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire.” The Ring of Fire is a zone of frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that stretches in a series of arcs from New Zealand, through Indonesia, up through the Philippines, Japan, the Kuril Islands and Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia), across the Pacific Ocean via...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Japan, Where -- Korea, Where -- China, Where -- Russia, Where -- Pacific...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5319
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Against the barren desert of northeastern Africa, the fertile valley of the Nile River runs northward through Egypt. In the higher-resolution images, the city of Cairo can be seen as a gray smudge right where the river widens into its broad fan-shaped delta. Other cities are dotted across the green landscape, giving it a speckled appearance. Where the Nile empties into the Mediterranean Sea (top) the waters are swirling with color, likely a mixture of sediment, organic matter, and possibly...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Egypt, Where -- Cairo, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Red Sea, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4927
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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These images from the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) show the high, arid, Tibetan Plateau in Asia. Tibet lies north of the Himalaya Mountains in Nepal. The Plateau is dotted with a mixture of fresh and salt water lakes. For example, the two lakes in the left-center portion of the image near the Nepal-China border are fresh water, while the large lakes in the cluster...
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Topics: Where -- Nepal, Where -- China
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4806
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Snow dusts Poland and its neighbors in this true-color Aqua MODIS image from February 25, 2003. MODIS also detected a number of fires in the scene, all of which are marked in red. Countries shown are (clockwise from top left) Denmark, Sweden, Lithuania, the Russian Federation, Belarus, the Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Germany. Sensor: Aqua/MODIS. Data Start Date: 2/25/03. Data End Date: 2/25/03.
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Poland, Where -- Denmark, Where -- Sweden, Where -- Lithuania, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5103
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The Emerald Isle is featured in this true-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from March 18, 2003. From its rocky western coastline, Ireland dips toward a central basin of grassy plains dotted with bogs and lakes. At top left of the image is the Atlantic Ocean, at bottom is the Celtic Sea; at right is the Irish Sea. At bottom right, the St. George´s Channel...
Topics: Where -- Ireland, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Celtic Sea, Where -- Irish Sea, Where -- Dublin
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5144
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Against the barren desert of northeastern Africa, the fertile valley of the Nile River runs northward through Egypt. In the higher-resolution images, the city of Cairo can be seen as a gray smudge right where the river widens into its broad fan-shaped delta. Other cities are dotted across the green landscape, giving it a speckled appearance. Where the Nile empties into the Mediterranean Sea (top) the waters are swirling with color, likely a mixture of sediment, organic matter, and possibly...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Egypt, Where -- Cairo, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Red Sea, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4928
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Snow covers southeastern China, North Korea, and parts of South Korea in this true-color Aqua MODIS image acquired December 27, 2002. The North Korean capital city of Pyongyang sits about 130 kilometers northwest of the South Korea border, while the South Korean capital city of Seoul sits only about 40 kilometers southeast of the border. MODIS also detected a fire, marked in red, burning on the southern edge of South Korea, about 50 kilometers northwest of the city of Pusan. Sensor: Aqua/MODIS....
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- China, Where -- Korea, Where -- Pyongyang, Where -- Seoul
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4725
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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This <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from May 1, 2003, shows southeastern China (top), North Korea (center) and South Korea (bottom). The higher elevations and more northern latitudes are lagging behind the new growth of spring vegetation visible across South Korea. Large areas of North Korea, especially the western coast, are deforested, probably contributing to...
Topics: Where -- China, Where -- Korea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5322
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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This pair of true- and false-color images feature the Indus River Valley, a lush oasis of vegetation made possible by the Indus River, which is visible as a thin black thread heading toward the Arabian Sea in the false-color image. The Indus River has its roots in the Tibetan Himalayas, and is fed from melting snows from three major mountain ranges and five Indian rivers. The Indus River valley was the home of a great ancient civilization - the Indus Valley Civilization - that lasted for about...
Topics: What -- Indus, What -- Aqua, Where -- Arabian Sea, Where -- Egypt, Where -- Pakistan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4984
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Caucasus Mountains Turkey.A2003326.0825Snow paints the Caucasus and Anadolu Daglari mountain ranges bright white in stark contrast to the deep greens, browns, and tans of a winter landscape on the shores of two great inland seas: the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. Like a broad belt, the Caucasus Mountains stretch from the Black Sea's eastern shores to southwestern of the Caspian Sea, separating southwestern Russia from Georgia and Azerbaijan. The Anadolu Daglari curve around the southern end of...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Black Sea, Where -- Caspian Sea, Where -- Russia, Where -- Georgia, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6158
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The MODIS instrument onboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of Hurricane Isabel on September 14, 2003 at 17:55 UTC. In this image Isabel is located about 400 miles north of Puerto Rico and is packing maximum sustained winds near 155 mph. Sensor: Aqua/MODIS. Data Start Date: 9/14/03. Data End Date: 9/14/03.
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Puerto Rico
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5863
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Northwestern Morocco is a vibrant green against the peach and tan Alta Mountains and northeastern edge of the Sahara Desert in this true-color Terra MODIS image acquired January 26, 2003. At bottom right in the image is Algeria, with whom Morocco shares an uneasy border. This region of North Africa is rich in history, having come under the influence or control of the Berbers, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabians, and the French at one time or another. Modern Morocco is an independent nation with a...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- TRACE, Where -- Morocco, Where -- Algeria, Where -- Casablanca, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4964
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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On August 7, 2003, the Aqua MODIS instrument acquired this image of Ireland on the first day this summer that most of the island hasn´t been completely obscured by cloud cover. Called the Emerald Isle for a good reason, Ireland is draped in vibrant shades of green amidst the blue Atlantic Ocean and Celtic (south) and Irish (east) Seas. Faint ribbons of blue-green phytoplankton drift in the waters of the Celtic Sea, just south of Dublin.Dublin itself appears as a large grayish-brown spot on the...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Ireland, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Celtic Sea, Where -- Irish Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5744
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The island of Sardinia sits between the Mediterranean Sea to the south and west and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the east. To its immediate north is the island of Corsica, which is a part of France. To the east of Sardinia is the middle of the Italian peninsula (not shown). Sardinia glows here with the green blush of spring.Sardinia has had a tumultuous history. Starting in ancient times, the island was occupied by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans; thereafter it was controlled by Vandals,...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Tyrrhenian Sea, Where -- France, Where -- Spain
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5350
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Snow enhances the contrast and emphasizes the relief of the Alps that tower over northern Italy in this true-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) from the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite on March 25, 2003. Northern Italy hosts many large cities, and industrial activities, and the...
Topics: Where -- Italy, Where -- Adriatic Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5145
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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This pair of true- and false-color images feature the Indus River Valley, a lush oasis of vegetation made possible by the Indus River, which is visible as a thin black thread heading toward the Arabian Sea in the false-color image. The Indus River has its roots in the Tibetan Himalayas, and is fed from melting snows from three major mountain ranges and five Indian rivers. The Indus River valley was the home of a great ancient civilization - the Indus Valley Civilization - that lasted for about...
Topics: What -- Indus, What -- Aqua, Where -- Arabian Sea, Where -- Egypt, Where -- Pakistan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4985
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Relatively few clouds mar the view of Italy in this <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image captured on September 19, 2003 by the <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite. Also visible are France, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria from left to right along the snow-capped Alps, and from the top...
Topics: Where -- Italy, Where -- France, Where -- Switzerland, Where -- Germany, Where -- Austria, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5947
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The southeastern tip of the United States is featured in this true-color Terra MODIS image from December 16, 2002. The state of Florida is shown in entirety, while a number of other states and the Bahamas are shown only in part. The states are (moving west to east) are Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. On Florida’s western side is the Gulf of Mexico, to the south are the Straits of Florida (which separate it from Cuba), and to the east is the Atlantic Ocean. The large lake in southern...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Florida, Where -- Bahamas, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4800
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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This true-color <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image provides a cloud-free view of the Middle Eastern countries surrounding the Fertile Crescent. Arching along the Eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea from the Red Sea through modern-day Syria, and then across to the Persian Gulf in an upside-down “u” shape, the Fertile Crescent is a rich, food growing area in...
Topics: Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Red Sea, Where -- Syria, Where -- Persian Gulf, Where -- Iraq,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6114
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Numerous scattered fires (red dots) were detected by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a HREF="http://aqua.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Aqua</a> satellite across southern India on January 31, 2003. Fire are especially concentrated in the Nallamala Hills region of the Eastern Ghats along India’s Indian Ocean...
Topics: Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Arabian Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4946
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The Carpathian Mountains, of which the Transylvanian Alps form the southern branch, will be forever famous as the home of Vlad “The Impaler”, who was the historical basis of the Dracula myth. These mountains traverse three nations: Poland in the northwest, Ukraine in the center, and Romania in the south. Nestled in between the two ranges is the Transylvanian Basin. Romania is home to the “Paris of the East,” Bucharest, the country´s capital city. Bucharest can be seen as a faint gray...
Topics: Where -- Poland, Where -- Ukraine, Where -- Romania, Where -- Bucharest, Where -- Black Sea, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5348
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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A silver swath of sunglint surrounds half of the Hawaiian islands in this true-color Terra MODIS image acquired on May 27, 2003. Sunglint reveals turbulence in the surface waters of the Pacific Ocean. If the surface of the water was as smooth as a perfect mirror, we would see the circle of the Sun as a perfect reflection. But because the surface of the water is ruffled with waves, each wave acts like a mirror and the Sun´s reflection gets softened into a broader silver swath, called the...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Sun, What -- Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS), Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5429
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Hundreds of miles off the coast of Portugal, the nine islands of the Azores chains are stretched out over the Atlantic Ocean. This <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite on May 1, 2003, shows seven of the nine islands: (from left to right)...
Topics: Where -- Portugal, Where -- Atlantic Ocean
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5463
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Turbid waters surround southern Florida and the Florida Keys in this true-color <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image taken by the <a href="http://aqua.nasa.gov/" target="outlink"> Aqua</a> satellite on December 2, 2003. Clouds of milky blue, green, and tan sediments and microscopic marine organisms (like phytoplankton...
Topics: Where -- Florida, Where -- Gulf of Mexico, Where -- Virginia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6108
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Fires (red dots) were burning in North Korea on April 16, 2003. To the west, ripples of dusty air flow over Korea Bay. This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image is from the Aqua satellite. Sensor: Aqua/MODIS. Data Start Date: 4/16/03. Data End Date: 4/16/03.
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Korea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5321
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Turkey’s largest lake and Iran’s largest lake are both featured in this true-color image, acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (<a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov">MODIS</a>) on NASA’s <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/">Terra</a> satellite on September 9, 2003. The deep blue lake on the left is Turkey’ Lake Van. The lake is 120 kilometers long and 80 kilometers wide. It is fed by mountain...
Topics: Where -- Turkey, Where -- Iran
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6877
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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This <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite shows the Mediterranean Sea (left) and portions of the Middle East. Countries pictured are (clockwise from top right) Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt (across the Gulf of Aqaba), Israel, the disputed...
Topics: Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Sea of Galilee, Where -- Syria, Where -- Iran, Where -- Saudi...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4969
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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These stunning true-color images provide a rare, cloud-free look at the island nation of New Zealand, including most of its North and South Islands. This scene was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA’s Terra satellite, on October 23, and December 31, 2002. New Zealand is situated in the South Pacific Ocean, roughly 2,000 km (1,250 miles) southeast of Australia. Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, is located on the southern tip of the...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- New Zealand, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- Australia, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4860
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Ireland seems beyond the reach of winter’s icy grip in this true-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from January 4, 2003. The rugged cliffs that mark the island’s west coast are showing their red-brown, rocky surface, but the low-lying interior region is still wearing the island’s signature green.Ireland is essentially a depression ringed by relatively...
Topics: Where -- Ireland, Where -- Dublin, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Celtic Sea, Where -- Irish...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4684
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by Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, at NASA GSFC
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Tropical Cyclone Fiona is caught whirling in the Indian Ocean south of Sumatra (Indonesia) on Feb. 10, 2003, in this true-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/">Terra</a> satellite. With maximum sustained winds at 90 knots (104 miles per hour) and gusts up to 110 (126 miles per hour), Fiona was located about 350...
Topics: Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Indonesia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5039
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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A bank of clouds in the Pacific Ocean stretches along the length of California in this true-color Aqua MODIS image acquired May 23, 2003. Stretching from the Oregon-California border at top to the San Madre Mountains at bottom, these clouds cover a distance of around 1000 kilometers (over 620 miles). The San Joaquin Valley, which sits at California´s center, runs almost the entire length of the state, and is the home to high concentrations of agriculture, technology, and people. Sacramento,...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- The Valley, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- California, Where -- Oregon,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5410
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The United Arab Emirates lies along the inside of the Arabian Peninsula’s southern curve, between Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the Persian Gulf. Though comprised mostly of desert, the UAE also has the spectacular Trucial Coast. In order to increase its appeal to tourists and diversify its economic base, a number of projects are occurring, including a massive land-formation project visible in this image.Palm Island, which is located on the upper eastern coast, is entirely constructed, using sand...
Topics: Where -- United Arab Emirates, Where -- Oman, Where -- Saudi Arabia, Where -- Persian Gulf
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6083
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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As the southern tip of South America tapers down to the narrow point of Cape Horn, the long column of the Andes Mountains meets the eastern plains in Patagonia. A part of both Chile, image left, and Argentina, image right, Patagonia is a rugged land known for its penguin colonies, mountain glaciers, and a large petrified forest. The ax-shaped peninsula that extends into the Atlantic Ocean is the Valdes Peninsula. To its north, the land bulges out and becomes green as the arid southern highlands...
Topics: Where -- Chile, Where -- Argentina, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Buenos Aires
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6380
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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All by itself in the central Pacific Ocean sits the most far flung of the United States of America. This true-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image captured by the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite on March 15, 2003, shows six of Hawaii´s eight main islands. In an arc from top...
Topics: What -- Crater, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Hawaii
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5178
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Haze, probably from fires to the north, hangs over the northern border of Bolivia and central Brazil, image top. Red dots mark the locations of dozens of additional fires in this <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image acquired by the <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite on October 15, 2003....
Topics: Where -- Bolivia, Where -- Brazil, Where -- Argentina, Where -- Paraguay, Where -- Chile
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6074
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Scattered fires (red dots) were detected across the Balkans on March 26, 2003, by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite. Countries shown include Italy (left center edge), Greece (below center), and Turkey (right edge). At upper right is the Black...
Topics: Where -- Italy, Where -- Greece, Where -- Turkey, Where -- Black Sea, Where -- Aegean Sea, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5232
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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For thousands of years, the lower Nile valley (northern end) has been a cradle of civilization. Surrounded by deserts, the Nile river brings much—needed water to the land and people, making the valley into an oasis of agriculture and life. In this true—color Terra MODIS image from August 23, 2003, the valley snakes in a green line from Lake Nasser in southern Egypt to the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, where it widens out into a vast delta. Quite appropriately, the valley resembles the...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Apex, Where -- The Valley, Where -- Egypt, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5724
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Light and dark contrast with each other in this true-color Terra MODIS image of Newfoundland Island and the eastern Canadian coast. Clouds, snow, and sea ice make up the light portions of the image, while land and water provide the dark. Low-level water clouds cover most of the North Atlantic, though thin, high-level cirrus clouds skim across Canada´s Newfoundland province, Newfoundland Island, and Quebec province. Sea ice floats off the Canadian mainland coast in the North Atlantic and in the...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Gulf of St. Lawrence
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5114
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This true-color <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image clearly shows the division between the Pacific Northwest´s lush, forested western coast and its arid eastern plains. The dividing line is the rugged Cascade Mountain Range, the crowning jewel of which is the snow-capped Mount Rainier. At 4,392 meters in elevation, Mount Rainier's volcanic peak towers 1.5 miles...
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Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Washington, Where -- Oregon, Where -- Idaho, Where -- Montana, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5888
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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In the Adana (northwest half of image) and Hatay (southeast half) regions of Turkey, a few scattered fires (red dots) were detected by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite on June 6, 2003. These regions are extensively cultivated for agriculture,...
Topics: Where -- Turkey, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Syria
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5457
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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These <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) images show seasonal ice forming in James Bay, which is the southern extension of the larger Hudson Bay. James Bay separates Ontario, Canada (left), from Quebec. The images were acquired in late 2002. Sensor: Aqua/MODIS. Data Start Date: 12/16/02. Data End Date: 12/16/02.
Topics: Where -- James Bay, Where -- Hudson Bay, Where -- Canada
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4629
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Sea ice swirls off of the Newfoundland/Labrador coast in this true-color Aqua MODIS image acquired May 21, 2003. Newfoundland province´s Labrador mainland sits on Canada´s eastern edge in between Labrador Sea to the east and the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the south. The sea ice off the coast is broken up and in the process of melting, and features swirls from the currents of water it floats on. On shore, the land is still dusted with snow in all but the lowest elevations, and so appears as a...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Labrador Sea, Where -- Gulf of St. Lawrence
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5439
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Snow in central Asia highlights the roads running to Omsk, Russia, which is about 100 kilometers north of eastern Kazakhstan´s border. Omsk shows up as a gray spot against the white, snow covered plains, perched on the banks of the Irtysh River. The higher resolutions of this true-color Aqua MODIS image show the Irtysh clogged with ice and snow to the north of Omsk in the Siberian Plains, and as a pale white line winding through the middle of the city on its way south to Kazakhstan.Right along...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Russia, Where -- Kazakhstan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5228
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Once used by Alexander the Great in his effort to conquer the known world, the high-altitude passes of the Hindu Kush remain important trade and travel routes. Glaciers and heavy snowfall are ever-present features of these mountains, which rise to 7,692 meters (26,236 feet) in height.Straddling the borders between Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India, the Hindu Kush is heavily populated. Though the valleys are heavily irrigated, growing crops at such high altitudes and low temperatures is...
Topics: What -- Indus, Where -- The Valley, Where -- Pakistan, Where -- Afghanistan, Where -- Kazakhstan,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6159
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the largest cities in Brazil, are shown here in this true-color Aqua MODIS image acquired on July 20, 2003. Located on the southern Atlantic Ocean, the two cities form the economic and cultural centers of Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is the rightmost coastal city, and sits on the western side of the Bay of Guanabara. Sao Paulo is about 300 kilometers to the west, and is set back a little farther from the Atlantic. Both cities are heavily populated, with Sao Paulo being...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Rio de Janeiro, Where -- Brazil, Where -- Atlantic Ocean
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5496
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The peninsula of Nova Scotia, Canada was a brilliant emerald green on September 13, 2003, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (<a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov">MODIS</a>) on NASA’s <a href="http://aqua.nasa.gov/">Aqua</a> satellite captured this image. Sediment colors Cobequid Bay orange brown near the mouth of the Salmon River. Around the peninsula, sediment colors the water tan and green. The...
Topic: Where -- Canada
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6752
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One day before spring in the Northern Hemisphere, ice in the northern and eastern arms of the Baltic Sea appear to be releasing their wintry grip on the coastlines of Sweden (top left) and Finland (center). The northern arm is called the Gulf of Bothnia, and the eastern arm is called the Gulf of Finland. A little more brown than white is showing on the ground on the southern tip of Finland and northern Estonia (bottom center), indicating that snow cover is retreating somewhat. Meanwhile, the...
Topics: Where -- Baltic Sea, Where -- Sweden, Where -- Finland, Where -- Gulf of Bothnia, Where -- Gulf of...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5191
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The Iberian Peninsula, home to the countries of Spain and Portugal, stretches toward North Africa in this true-color Aqua MODIS image from January 24, 2003. Portugal sits on the Atlantic side of the peninsula, while Spain takes up the rest and shares a border with France to the northeast. At the bottom of the peninsula is a narrow gap between Europe and North Africa. This gap is the Strait of Gibraltar, which also serves as the buffer between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Spain, Where -- Portugal, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- France, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4989
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The Tierra del Fuego—a group of islands at the southern tip of South America—have some of the worst weather in the world. The rugged islands poke into the ocean current circling Antartica, and are almost continuously battered by high winds and covered by clouds. On March 28, 2003—an early fall day—the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA´s Terra satellite captured this rare view of the islands and the Patagonia region of South America. Even in...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Magellan, Where -- Chile, Where -- Argentina
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5100
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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At the boundary between the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Sea, internal waves abound. As their name suggests, internal waves occur not at the water’s surface, but underneath. They actually occur at the boundary between two layers of water with differing densities. When the lower, denser layer encounters an obstacle, such as a shelf, movement over and around it causes undulations (waves) at the boundary. These waves aren’t usually visible from sea level, but they reflect light like any other...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Gulf of Oman, Where -- Oman, Where -- Somalia, Where -- Yemen
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6100
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The southernIberian Peninsula and the western tip of North Africa reach toward oneanother, separated by the Strait of Gibraltar in this true-color AquaModerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from January25, 2003. By this Strait, the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean Seaare connected and Europe and Africa are separated, a mere 13 kilometersacross (at its narrowest) and 58 kilometers long. This brief strip ofwater is strategically very important, given that it is the only...
Topics: Where -- Gibraltar, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Spain, Where -- Morocco
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4963
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South of Myanmar (top center) sunglint brightens the Andaman Sea, highlighting the presence of internal waves--waves that move along underwater at the boundary between two ocean layers of different densities. The evidence of these very large waves is the presence of parallel rows of arcing lines scattered throughout the length of the image in the sunglint region in the image center. This <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution...
Topics: Where -- Myanmar, Where -- Andaman Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5649
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Set in between Eastern Europe and Asia, the Black Sea is a large inland sea connected to the Sea of Azov (the large tan body of water north of the Sea) via the Kerch Strait and to the Mediterranean Sea via the Bosporus, Sea of Marmara (body of water to the Sea´s southwest), and the Dardanelles. A number of rivers feed into it, including the Dnieper and Danube. The Black Sea´s shores touch the Ukraine in the north (top center), Russia in the northeast (top right), Georgia in the east (lower...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Black Sea, Where -- Sea of Azov, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5262
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Shades of green color Central Europe in this true-color Aqua <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from September 21, 2003. The dark green of mountains stand out in sharp relief against the paler brown-green of the lower elevations, providing visual clues to the varied terrain found in this part of the world.Prominent in the center of the image are the curving, dark...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Czech Republic, Where -- Romania, Where -- Adriatic Sea, Where -- Albania,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5850
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In northern India, the lands along the Ganges River are taking on spring’s green appearance, while the northern slopes of the Himalaya Mountains in India and Nepal (center) are still blanketed with snow. In the bottom right quadrant of the image, a shroud of smog hangs over India and Bangladesh (far bottom right). Amid the fertile landscape, gray patches indicate towns and cities, the largest of which is New Delhi and its surrounding towns, located northwest of image center along one of the...
Topics: Where -- Nepal, Where -- Bangladesh, Where -- New Delhi, Where -- Delhi
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4956
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Almost completely surrounded by a thick blanket of clouds, Iceland is shown here in this true-color Terra MODIS image acquired on May 15, 2003. Iceland sits in the northern Atlantic Ocean, about 200 kilometers southeast of Greenland. Because of its proximity to the North Atlantic Drift current, Iceland experiences a relatively humid, mild climate, though in the northern and eastern parts of the island, the climate is more tundra-like. The island is home to vast ice fields, the largest of which...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Iceland, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Greenland
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5316
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Wispy clouds leave their shadows across Argentina’s Patagonia region in this true-color <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image captured by the <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite on July 25, 2003. The Gulf of San Matias, bottom center, cuts into the land. Sensor: Terra/MODIS. Data Start...
Topic: Where -- Argentina
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5897
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This lacy swirl of clouds were captured off the coast of Chile in the Pacific Ocean by NASA's <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite on July 19, 2002. The dark swirl in the center of this true-color <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image is made up of open-cell cumulus cloud patterns. These...
Topics: Where -- Chile, Where -- Pacific Ocean
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5962
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Media reports of an act of sabotage along oil pipelines in northern Iraq could explain the black cloud of oil smoke visible in this image of the region, captured by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite on August 17, 2003. Sensor: Terra/MODIS. Data...
Topic: Where -- Iraq
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5745
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The world´s fourth largest island, Madagascar, is featured in this <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink"> Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer </a> (MODIS) image taken by the Terra satellite on September 10, 2003. Several active fires, marked with red dots, burn in the central highlands, which are primarily covered with rice fields. The fires are probably controlled burns to clear farmland. The narrow strip of green along...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Madagascar
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5769
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The Terra MODIS instrument acquired this image of the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean on January 23, 2003. This group of islands is part of India, though they are south of the southern tip of Myanmar. The largest island has three names -- North Andaman, Middle Andaman, and South Andaman -- according to its vertical orientation. To the right of South Andaman are a small cluster of islands called (from top to bottom) Ritchie’s Archipelago, Henry Lawrence Island, and Neill Island. To the...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Myanmar
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4945
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Covering 2,736,690 square kilometers, Argentina is the second largest nation in South America, and has a population of over 37.8 million. In these true-color Terra MODIS images from late February 2003, the sheer extent of the country is revealed, including the rugged Andes Mountain Range in the west, the rich sub-tropical agricultural plains of the north, and the Patagonian plateau in the south. To the east are Brazil, Uruguay, and the southern Atlantic Ocean; to the west and south is Chile;...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Argentina, Where -- Brazil, Where -- Uruguay, Where -- Atlantic Ocean,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5247
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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This stunning true-color image shows clouds surrounding northern Japan’s snow-dusted Hokkaido Island in between the black waters of two seas and an ocean. Hokkaido Island is home to the city of Sapporo, which is located on the lower western side near where the island’s tail begins to curve south toward the main island of Japan (middle lower left) and not far from the Ishikari-wan, the north-facing bay that has a streak of clouds moving horizontally across it.Hokkaido’s northern point...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Japan, Where -- Sea of Japan, Where -- Pacific Ocean
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4720
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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“The Low Countries” refers to a region of Europe on the coast of the North Sea that is made from parts of modern-day northwestern France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Historically, this region has been much contested by the French, Austrians, and Spanish, and this region saw the birth of the East Indian Company in 1602 and the West Indian Company in 1621. A number of major rivers empty into this area, including the Rhine, the Meuse, and the Yser.A number of cities are visible...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- The Hague, Where -- North Sea, Where -- France, Where -- Luxembourg, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5331
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Wave Clouds over Ireland Ireland.A2003351.1315Clouds ripple over Ireland and Scotland in a wave pattern, similar to the pattern of waves along a seashore. The similarity is not coincidental — the atmosphere behaves like a fluid, so when it encounters an obstacle, it must move around it. This movement forms a wave, and the wave movement can continue for long distances. In this case, the waves were caused by the air moving over and around the mountains of Scotland and Ireland. As the air...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Ireland, Where -- The Valley, Where -- France
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6146
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Deserts stretch across the Middle East in shades of tan, pink, and orange, while green foothills, mountains, and plains mark their edges. Turkey blooms across the northern edge of the image, as does Iran to the northeast. The Tigris (upper) and Euphrates (lower) Rivers in Iraq bring a faint wash of green to its otherwise dry desert soil (right of the image center). On the southern edge, a bright swath of orange marks Saudi Arabia´s Al Jawf desert, and a lonely, though large, spot of green near...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Turkey, Where -- Iran, Where -- Iraq, Where -- Saudi Arabia, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5332
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Dramatic cloud shadows, the Patagonia plateau, the Andes Mountains, and phytoplankton blooms in the southern Atlantic Ocean all combine to create this stunning true-color Aqua MODIS image of Argentina and Chile. Chile rides the Andes Mountains along the left side of the image; the mountains appear dark brown and green, and some of their upper reaches are dusted with white snow. South-central Argentina takes up the majority of the image, stretching from the southern Mendoza and Buenos Aires...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Argentina, Where -- Chile, Where -- Buenos Aires,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5385
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Dozens of fires were detected in the Adana region of Turkey on June 15, 2003, by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite. The fires have been marked with red dots in this true-color image. The Adana region is a low-lying coastal area ringed by the...
Topics: What -- Taurus, Where -- Turkey, Where -- Syria
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5458
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Vancouver Island, just off of southwestern Canada´s British Columbia coast, is a beautiful place popular with both Canadians and Americans. Its natural beauty is one of its main draws, making it a popular destination for whale watching, white water rafting, caving, sailing, fishing, diving, and snorkeling. At the south tip of the island is the city of Victoria, British Columbia´s capital. This city has been called Canada´s answer to Seattle, and is a very popular tourist destination. The...
Topics: What -- Columbia, What -- Terra, Where -- Vancouver, Where -- Victoria, Where -- Washington, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5460
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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After a particularly large storm over northern Algeria on August 10, 2003, a pale blue-green bloom appeared in the waters just off the coast near the mouth of Bay of Algiers. The rainstorm likely washed nutrients such as sewage into the water. These nutrients spurred the growth of microscopic marine plants, called phytoplankton. The phytoplankton grew in such large quantities that the bloom became visible from space, as shown in this series of <a...
Topics: Where -- Algeria, Where -- Algiers
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6066
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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This <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from March 1, 2003, shows numerous oil well flares (the burning off of combustible gases associated with oil) in southern Iraq (center). The way the active hot spots, marked in red, line up almost vertically suggests they are along a pipeline. Meanwhile, hot spots in southern Iran (right) are likely agricultural fires. Sensor:...
Topics: Where -- Iraq, Where -- Iran
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5166
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Indonesia´s Lesser Sunda Islands sparkle like green gems against the sapphire-blue waters of the Indian Ocean and Flores, Banda, Sawu, and Timor Seas. These islands form the southern border of Indonesia with Australia and stretch for 1,200 kilometers from the western island of Lombok on the left to the eastern tip of Timor, the largest island in the image. In a few places, bright turquoise-blue spots on the water mark tiny islands surrounded by shallow waters: the Kepulauan Taka´Bonerate...
Topics: What -- Sapphire, What -- Terra, Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Timor Sea, Where -- Indonesia,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5137
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The Thar Desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert (lower left), straddles the border between northwestern India and eastern Pakistan. This desert supports a largely pastoral economy, since not much grows in the broken rocks and sand dunes but scrub vegetation. Bordered on the west by the deep green Indus and Sutlej river valleys and the thin bright green Aravalli Range to the southeast, the region is remote and sparsely populated. In this image, a thin veil of dust gently blurs the...
Topics: What -- Indus, Where -- Pakistan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5984